Published on October 18th, 2012 | by john.weir1
More changes to Australia’s visa system
The latest revisions to the Australian visa system could mean good news for skilled workers from the UK looking to move downunder.
The Australian Government has announced that the Migration Regulations will be amended as of 24 November 2012 to progress the Government’s commitment to simplify the Australian visa regime.
Effective 24 November 2012:
- 12 temporary work visas will cease to exist
- three new temporary work visas will take effect together with related sponsorship and nomination requirements
- significant amendments to the current Subclass 420 and Subclass 457 visas categories begin.
New Subclass 401 (Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity)) Visa
The 401 visa will replace the Exchange (Subclass 411) visa, Sport (Subclass 421) visa, and Religious Work (Subclass 428) visa subclasses. This visa will require nomination by a long-stay activity sponsor and will include three separate and distinct streams:
- Exchange stream – will in effect be very similar to the existing 411 visa
- Sport stream – will in effect be very similar to the existing 421 visa
- Religious Worker stream – will in effect be very similar to the existing 428 visa.
Sponsors approved in equivalent visa categories prior to 24 November 2012 will be permitted to nominate candidates in the equivalent new streams.
New Subclass 402 (Training and Research) Visa
The 402 visa will replace the Occupational Trainee (Subclass 442) visa, the Visiting Academic (Subclass 419) visa, and the Professional Development (Subclass 470) visa. This new visa will incorporate the following three streams and two new sponsorship options:
- Research stream – will in effect be very similar to the existing 419 visa
- Occupational Trainee stream – will in effect be very similar to the existing 442 visa
- Professional Development stream – will in effect be very similar to the existing 470 visa.
- Training and Research Sponsor in support of the Occupational Trainee stream
- Professional Development Sponsor in support of the Professional Development stream.
Sponsors who are approved in equivalent visa categories prior to 24 November 2012 will be permitted to nominate candidates in the equivalent new streams.
New Subclass 403 (Temporary Work (International Relations)) Visa
The 403 visa will replace the Subclass 406 (Government Agreement) visa, the Subclass 415 (Foreign Government Agency) visa, the Subclass 426 (Domestic Worker – Diplomatic or Consular) visa, and the Privileges and Immunities provisions currently in the Subclass 456 (Business (Short Stay)) and Subclass 457 (Business (Long Stay)) visa.
This new visa will not require sponsorship and will have the following three streams:
- applicants covered by an international government agreement, or who direct the operations in Australia of certain language institutes
- applicants who are to be employed as representatives of certain foreign government agencies or as foreign language teachers in Australian schools
- applicants who undertake domestic duties in the households of holders of diplomatic visas, and applicants who are accorded privileges and immunities.
Amended Subclass 420 (Temporary Work (Entertainment)) Visa
The Subclass 423 (Media and Film Staff) visa will be abolished and incorporated into the current Subclass 420 visa. This will be retitled the Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa.
The change means that overseas film crews will now qualify for the amended 420 visa.
Amended Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) Visa
The existing Subclass 427 Domestic Worker (Executive) and Subclass 422 (Medical Practitioner) visas will be abolished and integrated into the 457 visa. Note that Medical Practitioners have been eligible to apply for a 457 visa since September 2009, and the existing 422 visa category was somewhat redundant.
The 457 visa will enable domestic workers to qualify for a visa in very limited circumstances in which the provision is expressly agreed to in a Labour Agreement between the sponsoring company and the Commonwealth of Australia.
This visa will also be renamed as the Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa.
Want more information on jobs, relocating downunder, or want a free visa assessment ? Come to Down Under Live, at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on the 3rd & 4th November 2012.